Revocable Living Trusts

Living Trust Attorneys in Dallas

At Burch Law, we empower you to take command of your legacy through informed, strategic estate planning. A Living Trust is not just a document; it is a vital instrument that places you at the forefront of safeguarding your family's future and your personal wishes. In the bustling heart of Dallas, Texas, our experienced attorneys guide you through the nuanced process of establishing a Living Trust, ensuring your peace of mind and securing your assets from the unpredictability of tomorrow.

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How to Set Up a Living Trust

Setting up a Living Trust with Burch Law is a personalized and strategic process designed to fit your unique circumstances and goals:

Consultation: It all starts with a conversation. Our attorneys listen to your needs and help you understand how a Living Trust can work for you.

Drafting Your Trust: We tailor your Living Trust to reflect your specific wishes for how your assets should be managed and distributed.

Funding the Trust: A trust must be funded to be effective. We guide you in transferring your assets such as real estate, bank accounts, and stocks into the trust.

Continual Management: As your life changes, so might your Living Trust. We are here to make amendments as needed, ensuring your trust always aligns with your current situation.

What Is a Living Trust in Texas?

In Texas, a Living Trust is a legal arrangement you create during your lifetime to manage your assets. As the grantor, you transfer ownership of your assets to the trust, which is then managed by a chosen trustee. Whether you choose a revocable trust that can be altered at any time during your lifetime or an irrevocable one that is more static but offers other benefits, the key is that these assets bypass the lengthy and public probate process upon your death.

What Is the Difference Between a Living Trust and a Will?

The main difference between a Living Trust and a Will is how they manage your assets after you pass away.

  • Probate Avoidance: Unlike a Will, a Living Trust does not go through probate. This means your beneficiaries can access their inheritance more quickly and privately.
  • Flexibility and Control: A Living Trust also allows you more flexibility to specify how and when your assets are distributed (e.g., you could set an age condition for beneficiaries).
  • Privacy: Since a Living Trust does not go through probate, it remains a private document unlike a Will which becomes public record.

What Are the Advantages of Living Trusts?

  • Avoiding Probate: Your assets can be transferred swiftly to your beneficiaries without the delay and public scrutiny of probate.
  • Privacy: Living Trusts keep your estate matters confidential and out of the public probate records.
  • Control: You can specify conditions on inheritances and maintain control over how your assets are used and distributed even after you pass away.
  • Incapacity Planning: If you become incapacitated, your chosen trustee can manage your affairs without the need for a court-appointed guardian.

Considerations when it comes to Living Trusts:

  • Complexity and Cost: Establishing a Living Trust can be more complex and costly than a simple Will. It requires transferring assets into the trust, which might incur additional fees.
  • Inflexibility Posthumously: Once you pass away, the terms of a revocable trust become irrevocable, which means no changes can be made to the trust's provisions.
  • No Guardianship Provisions: A Living Trust does not allow you to name guardians for minor children, which is something a Will can do.


Is a Living Trust right for you?

Contact Burch Law in Dallas today to schedule a consultation with one of our expert Living Trust attorneys. We are committed to empowering you with the knowledge and tools necessary to make informed decisions about your estate. Protect what you've worked for and ensure your wishes are honored - because at Burch Law, your legacy is our priority.

Take the first step towards securing your family’s future and achieving peace of mind for years to come.

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